Chris McChesney, the Global Practice Leader of Execution for Franklin Covey, has helped pioneer The Four Disciplines of Execution that thousands of companies have adopted around the world to help them set and achieve breakthrough goals. Chris outlines a framework that will help your team engage more deeply and master the execution of your mission and goals.
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Insights From Chris
1. 4 steps to getting through to your next critical breakthrough
Chris breaks down The Four Disciplines of Execution while stating the intent of the 4DX is to execute on your next breakthrough, not a way to run your whole operation.
Below is a brief description of each of the four disciplines:
- First Discipline: Focused on the wildly important goal (WIG), you determine what’s going to get deliberate disproportionate energy. Get very clear on the starting line, the finish line and the deadline.
- Second Discipline: Once you’ve identified the target, you begin working on developing lead measures. Defining what is both influenceable and predictive of outcome achievement.
- Third Discipline: Keep a compelling scoreboard. See, in real-time, both the lead and lag measures.
- Fourth Discipline: Create a cadence of accountability. Each member of the team commits to doing something that week that will ensure forward movement of the lead measures.
You can catch more in the episode, or pick up The Four Disciplines of Execution to apply it in your organization.
2. The CEO isn’t the know-it-all
When working through the practices of 4DX, Chris clarifies that while the CEO or leader might have a hypothesis of what he/she thinks is the next critical objective, the leader should not try and convince the organization of the merit of his/her vision.
Instead, the leader of the organization should spend a lot of time clarifying questions, being open and offering feedback. In the end, the leader will have to make the final call on strategic direction, but it doesn’t mean that he/she is the know-it-all.
3. There is a human limit for ambiguity
It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has unexpectedly impacted many organizations. Ambiguity adds so many layers of stress to human beings. So, how can an organization apply the 4DX while staying agile in times of uncertainty?
Chris recommends setting new goals and new commitments. Have the new goal feel like the one piece of sanity in an otherwise crazy life; the one thing that makes sense. Help your team identify what they’re winning at, and celebrate the small wins.
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